1998 Chevrolet Silverado C1500 5.7 V8 350 from North America
Silver Machine that keeps on going; a match for Japanese engineering
Hardly anything! It's never left me stranded.
The passenger side rear light cluster circuit board failed, causing the right-turn signal to be unusable. I opened it up myself and saw it was rotted / worn out. A new one was only $$ and I had the part the next day, which I fitted myself.
Aircon was regassed and it blows cold air.
Fantastic. I was losing my faith in American cars. First I'd owned a Dodge Durango, then a Ford Explorer. The latter of which broke down (transfer case issues).
The Silverado really is a silver machine! :) It seems to keep on going, doesn't miss a beat. I travel a lot in it; it's not just a city-machine, it needs to be taken out into the wilderness.
Having said that, my machine isn't a 4x4 version so it's not ideal for off-roading. Ideally I'll have to get some snow tires or chains for this coming winter.
For long distance work I've not had any issues, and the comfort for 1000 mile+++ hauls is nice too. Not quite Cadillac, but not uncomfortable either.
If I'm roughing it, I can at a pinch sleep in the back, but that's not ideal compared to the bigger versions in later years.
The engine doesn't miss a beat! I had no idea I had the uber-version of engines for the Silverado. After 2000 the 350 wasn't an option either. The engine does drink a bit of oil as it's old and has low-medium mileage.
I normally change the oil every 5,000 miles too along with the filter.
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes
Review Date: 30th March, 2016